Catherine the Great
|Name||Catherine the Great (1729 - 1796)|
|Also Known As||Ekaterina|
Empress (Tsarina) of All the Russias
|Biography||Catherine was born in 1729 in Stettin (which was then part of Prussia, but is now in Poland).||Main source:|
Catherine the Great - Empress of all the Russias
|Catherine overthrew her husband Peter III in 1762 and became Tsarina Catherine II.|
|Catherine the Great was one of the 'enlightened autocrats' of the 18th Century. She was a 'Westerniser'.|
|She greatly enlarged Russian influence (for example, her invasion of the Crimea) whilst also modernising its institutions (for example, the establishment of the Duma and introduction of European-style education).|
|Catherine died in 1796.|
|Catherine Quote||I shall be an autocrat: that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me: that's his.|
Catherine the Great.
|Links||Catherine the Great - Empress of all the Russias. A useful site with a chronology and other resources.|
Genealogy of the Romanov Royal House entry on Catherine the Great - by Timo Haapanen.
The Princess who became an Empress. On Ursula's History Web.